Senior Research Associate

Division of Applied Social Sciences seeks applications and nominations for a Senior Research Associate within the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU), a Center in the Division of Applied Social Sciences.

FAPRI-MU provides quantitative analysis of agricultural markets and agricultural policy to the U.S. Congress and other domestic and international decision makers in a timely manner. Research areas are determined in large part by the expressed needs of policy makers. In recent years, FAPRI-MU has conducted research that has helped policy makers understand issues related to domestic farm policies in the United States, the European Union, and other countries; international trade agreements and negotiations; and a wide range of developments in agricultural markets.

The position will work with FAPRI-MU researchers and staff to develop and enhance models used for market and policy analysis. Responsibilities will include the maintenance and enhancement of existing models and the development of new tools for market and policy analysis. Other responsibilities include interacting with stakeholders and fellow researchers to stay abreast of market and policy developments, developing reports and publications to convey research results in academic and non-academic media, and making presentations to communicate analyses to a wide range of audiences.

– A Master’s or Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics, economics, statistics or related area from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

– At least three years of full-time experience in a position where the chief responsibility was quantitative market analysis is essential. Experience should include tracking supplies and uses of commodities and developing market reports. The ideal candidate will have used structural equations models to analyze the markets.

– Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is necessary. Familiarity with SAS and R is preferred.

– The ideal candidate would possess a strong familiarity with U.S. agricultural practices and policy.

– Strong communication skills in English are essential. Candidates should have a strong record of presenting to diverse audiences and writing reports to both academic and applied outlets. Experience presenting quantitative assessment to agricultural producers, agribusiness representatives, or policy-makers is preferred.

Application Materials
Please visit http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic (Job ID 29116) to submit an application. A letter of application, resume/CV, and names and contact information for three (3) professional references are required. The finalist for the position must also provide official transcripts for graduate courses.

For More Information:
Lauren Jackson
200 Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Start Date:
Negotiable. Screening of applications will begin on upon the position’s posting and will continue for 30 days or until the position is filled.

Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

Diversity Commitment
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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